Thiolized Cold IPA

An alternate take on embracing thiols in your lager fermentations

By Shana Solarte

Oct 17, 2022

Coined by Wayfinder Brewery in 2018, Cold IPA is an emerging style that many drinkers have embraced for its intense hop aroma and super clean finish. A thiol-producing lager yeast is a natural component for this style — enjoy all the benefits of crisp, clean lager fermentation with the added bonus of a rich hop bouquet and tropical thiol aromas. In a recipe like this, thiols will contribute a pithy, grapefruit-like note for a crisp clean finish to a lager.

Thiolized Cold IPA Recipe

Vital Statistics

  • Batch size 1 barrel (~31 gallons)
  • Boil time 60 minutes
  • IBUs 60 IBU
  • SRM 3.3
  • OG 15°P (1.061)
  • FG 2°P (1.008)
  • ABV 7%

Raw Materials

  • Pilsen malt
    56lb, 12oz (79.9%)
  • Flaked rice
    14lb, 4oz (20.1%)
  • Cascade hops (5.5% AA)
    32oz | Mash 60 minutes* | 31 IBU
  • Cryo Centennial (18% AA)
    8oz | Whirlpool 30 minutes | 29 IBU
  • Cascade hops (5.5% AA)
    8oz | Knockout addition
  • Mosaic hops (12.25% AA)
    10oz | Day 7 dry hop
  • Strata hops (12%AA)
    10oz | Day 7 dry hop
  • Cryo Centennial (18% AA)
    4oz | Day 7 dry hop
  • Yeast
    Lunar Crush (OYL-403) @ 15 million cells/ml


Single infusion mash at 148°F (63°C) with 1.25 qts/lb water to grist ratio. Target 5.2 mash pH. Ferment at 55°F (12.7°C) for 5 days and free rise to 65°F (18.3°C) until terminal.

*Expect approximately 30% AA utilization when mash hopping.

Cold IPA 2

Beer so clear you can see right through it!


Cascade was used in the mash here in order to boost hop precursors and add a clean bitterness. If you want to skip the mash hopping, you can use the Cascade early in the boil, but reduce the amount to 10oz.

We also used Cascade at knockout to help jumpstart hop creep for a nice, dry finish, as well as to help keep haze from developing from the later dry hop additions.


Since Lunar Crush is still indeed a lager strain, take the usual precautions when brewing lagers: account for additional conditioning time and be mindful of your rests and crash timing. This strain exhibits the same behavior as its parent strain, Mexican Lager (OYL-113). A Cold IPA should be crystal clear. As the team at Wayfinder puts it, Cold IPA is the anti-thesis of NEIPA.”

We hope those of you who have tried Lunar Crush in your classic lager recipes will enjoy this more hop-forward use case. You can also order blends of Thiolized strains with their parent strains to reduce the thiol potency, if that’s more your style. Let us know what you’re brewing and how it turned out!


Cold ipa sensory

A summary of sensory data from a recent Cold IPA trial. n=14

Based on staff sensory data, the highest-rated flavors found in a test batch of Cold IPA at our offices were grapefruit, cannabis, and guava. These three are a clear indication of classic American hops and strong thiol aroma.

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